San Antonio Distracted Driving Lawyer
It happened in the blink of an eye. Another car collided with yours. Moments before the impact, you could clearly see the other driver was distracted by looking at a cell phone or GPS. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you could do. In the moment the other driver took her eyes from the road, she swerved into your lane and rammed your car head-on.
How The Law Offices of George Salinas Can Help You After a Distracted Driving AccidentAt The Law Offices of George Salinas, we show our dedication through timely attention to our clients and focus on the details that matter. Our experience extends across many types of car accidents and personal injury cases, including an increasing number of distracted driving accidents. In many cases, we have obtained settlements of the maximum coverage available under insurance policies associated with the accident. Some of our clients have received settlements of over a million dollars. While these settlements in no way guarantee the amount future clients may receive for their claims, when we take a case we bring that extensive experience and a well-known reputation as some of San Antonio’s best trial lawyers to the negotiating table and the courtroom.
Common Distracted Driving InjuriesA distracted driving accident inflicts the same types of injuries as those sustained in any other car accident. Because distracted drivers frequently don’t realize they’re putting others in danger until it’s too late, however, these accidents frequently occur at high speed, resulting in more catastrophic harm, including:
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injury
- Severe lacerations
- Organ damage
- Broken bones
How Do Distracted Driving Accidents Occur?Most often, distracted driving accidents occur when a driver looks away from the road and focuses on something inside the vehicle. Distracted drivers have also been known to take one or both hands off the wheel. Some common causes of driver distraction include:
- Cell phone use. The average driver takes looks away from road for about five seconds to check a text. At 55 miles per hour, this is long enough to take the vehicle the full length of a football field. Research has shown it is impossible to pay attention to the road and a text at the same time. During the five seconds of looking at a screen, the driver’s brain disengages completely from what is happening on the road ahead, putting the driver and others on the road at extreme risk.
- Eating. Many people eat and drink while driving. The fast food industry has based a significant part of its business on encouraging people to drive through and pick up a meal on the go. Unfortunately, eating behind the wheel can create a serious distraction, especially if drivers attempt to consume messy or awkward food. It also guarantees the driver will take at least one, and frequently both, hands off of the wheel while moving.
- Talking to people in the car. Both adults and children can pose serious distractions to drivers who struggle to pay attention to the road around them. An engaging conversation, fussing at kids in the back seat, or turning to look at the person speaking may cause distraction long enough to cause an accident.
- Changing the station on the radio. Fiddling with the radio may require a significant amount of attention, especially if the driver scans for a new station or looks down to check various controls.
- Looking at a GPS. GPS helps drivers reach unfamiliar destinations, but it can also create a potent distraction behind the wheel. Drivers who attempt to program a GPS while driving or who check the GPS too frequently, rather than listing for auditory instructions, may lack the attention they need to drive safely.
What Kinds of Damages Can I Recover After a Distracted Driving Accident?Generally speaking, San Antonians who suffer injuries or lose loved ones in car accidents that weren’t their fault have a right to recover compensation from those whose actions caused a collision. In distracted driving cases, that usually includes the distracted driver (who may carry insurance that covers some or all of the injured person’s damages). The categories of damages an injured motorist or the family of a person tragically killed can recover frequently include:
- Medical bills, both past and pending
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost income
- In cases of wrongful death, loss of consortium and loss of the deceased’s income.